2012 Lamar Hunt US Open Cup field (so far)

Posted by | April 11, 2012 | 7 Comments

Lamar Hunt US Open Cup logoA record 64 teams will take part in the 2012 Lamar Hunt US Open Cup this year, with a new format announced by the United States Soccer Federation. The 99th edition of the tournament will kick off on May 15, and below is the list of all the teams that have qualified so far:

Major League Soccer (Division 1 – 16 teams)
All 16 US-based MLS teams automatically qualify and will begin play in Round 3 (May 29)

Chicago Fire
Chivas USA
Colorado Rapids
Columbus Crew
DC United
FC Dallas
Houston Dynamo
Los Angeles Galaxy
New England Revolution
New York Red Bulls
Philadelphia Union
Portland Timbers
Real Salt Lake
San Jose Earthquakes
Seattle Sounders
Sporting Kansas City

North American Soccer League (Division II – 6 teams)
All 6 US-based NASL teams automatically qualified and will begin play in Round 2 (May 22)

Atlanta Silverbacks
Carolina RailHawks
Fort Lauderdale Strikers
Minnesota Stars FC
San Antonio Scorpions
Tampa Bay Rowdies

USL Pro (Division III – 10 teams)
All 10 US-based USL Pro teams automatically qualified and will begin play in Round 2 (May 22)

Charleston Battery
Charlotte Eagles
Dayton Dutch Lions
Harrisburg City Islanders
Los Angeles Blues
Orlando City
Pittsburgh Riverhounds
Richmond Kickers
Rochester Rhinos
Wilmington Hammerheads

Premier Development League (Amateur – 16 teams)
16 PDL teams were selected for the 2012 tournament based on 2011 league results and will begin play in Round 1 (May 15)

Carolina Dynamo
Chicago Fire PDL
Des Moines Menace
El Paso Patriots
Fresno Fuego
Kitsap Pumas
Laredo Heat
Long Island Rough Riders
Michigan Bucks
Mississippi Brilla
MPS Portland Phoenix
Orlando City U23s
Portland Timbers U23s
Reading United AC
Real Colorado Foxes
Ventura County Fusion

United States Adult Soccer Association (Amateur – 9 teams)
9 USASA teams (3 from Region I, 2 each from Region II, III, IV) will begin play in Round 1 (May 15)

USASA Region I (3 teams)

Round 1

Dulles Sportsplex Aegean Hawks (DC/VA) 3:1 West Chester United Predators (East PA) [+] Recap
NY Greek American Atlas (East NY) 2:0 Battery Park Gunners (MA) [+] Recap

Semifinals [+] Recap

Jersey Shore Boca (NJ) 0:2 NY Greek American Atlas (East NY)
Maryland Bays (MD) 0:2 Dulles Sportsplex Aegean Hawks (DC/VA)
NY Greek American Atlas & Aegean Hawks qualify for the 2012 Lamar Hunt US Open Cup

Third Place Match (April 29)

Maryland Bays (MD) vs. Jersey Shore Boca (NJ) – FORFEIT
Maryland Bays forfeit – Jersey Shore Boca qualify for the 2012 Lamar Hunt US Open Cup

USASA Region II (2 teams)
Redmond Center in Bensenville, Ill. – April 14/15, 2012

First Round – April 14 - [+] Recap
AAC Eagles (IL) 7:1 Ann Arbor FC Elite (MI)
Croatian Eagles (WI) 2:0 RWB Adria (IL)
Cincy Saints (OH South) 2:10 KC Athletics (KS)
KC Athletics qualify for the 2012 Lamar Hunt US Open Cup

Final – April 15 [+] Recap
Croatian Eagles (WI) 2:0 AAC Eagles (IL)
Croatian Eagles qualify for the 2012 Lamar Hunt US Open Cup

USASA Region III (2 teams) [+] PREVIEW

Check out the standings and the schedule below for more information …

2012 USASA Region III US Open Cup qualifying tournament

ASC New Stars (TXS)201792+7
Galveston Pirate SC (TXS)210676+1
FC Rahr (NTX)120348-4
Greenville Eagles (SC)021126-4
NTX Rayados (NTX)210689-1
Royal Eagles (FL)210678-1
Boston Avenue AC (OK)120377+0
Barracudas (TXS)120386+2

Friday, April 27 – 8 p.m. CT

Group A
ASC New Stars (TXS) 3:1 Galveston Pirate SC (TXS)
FC Rahr (NTX) 2:0 Greenville Eagles (SC)

Group B
Royal Eagles (FL) 2:0 Barracudas (TX)
NTX Rayados (NTX) 2:1 Boston Avenue AC (OK)

Saturday, April 28 – 10 a.m. CT

Group A
Greenville Eagles (SC) 1:3 Galveston Pirate SC (TXS)
ASC New Stars (TXS) 5:0 FC Rahr (NTX)

Group B
Royal Eagles (FL) 0:4 NTX Rayados (NTX)
Barracudas (TX) 0:2 Boston Avenue AC (OK)

Saturday, April 28 – 8 p.m. CT

Group A
FC Rahr (NTX) 2:3 Galveston Pirate SC (TXS)
Greenville Lions (SC) 1:1 ASC New Stars (TXS)

Group B
Boston Avenue AC (OK) 4:5 Royal Eagles (FL)
NTX Rayados (NTX) 2:8 Barracudas (TX)

Sunday, April 29 – 10 a.m. CT
ASC New Stars vs. NTX Rayados
Both group winners qualify for the 2012 Lamar Hunt US Open Cup

USASA Region IV (2 teams)
Cal Football Club (California South)
Doxa Italia (California South)
DV8 Defenders (California North)
EP Elite (New Mexico)
The Internationalists (California South)
OC Crew (California South)
Pittsburg Galaxy FC (ANSL)
PSA Elite (California South)

May 4-6 – Ontario, CA – Preview coming soon

National Premier Soccer League (Amateur – 6 teams)
6 US-based NPSL clubs will enter the 2012 tournament in Round 1 (May 15). Five of them are based on 2011 league results, while the Fullerton Rangers entered based on a preseason qualifying tournament.

Jacksonville United (Defending NPSL champions)
Brooklyn Italians (Northeast-Atlantic Conference champions)
Milwaukee Bavarians (Midwest Conference champions)
Georgia Revolution (Southeast Conference co-champion)
FC Sonic (Northeast-Keystone Conference runner-up)*
Fullerton Rangers (Winner of NPSL Western Conference qualifying tournament – DETAILS)
* Erie Admirals won the Northeast-Keystone Conference, but declined to participate. FC Sonic finished 2nd and accepted berth.

Play-In Match (NPSL vs. US Club Soccer – 1 team)
The winner of this play-in match (April 28) will earn the final spot in the 2012 tournament and will begin play in Round 1

Stanislaus United Turlock Express 3:0 Bay Area Ambassadors
April 28 – Richmond High School – Richmond, Calif. – 5 p.m. PT
Stanislaus United Turlock Express qualifies for the 2012 Lamar Hunt US Open Cup

2012 US Club Soccer Open Cup qualifying tournament

Northern California
March 31: Pacific Los Gatos Storm 4:1 Sacramento United Legend
April 1:  Stanislaus United Turlock Express 3:1 Pacific Los Gatos Storm
April 7: Stanislaus United Turlock Express 1:0 Sacramento United Legend

Southern California
April 15: Zicuiran vs. Napoli
*Zicuiran withdraws from the competition, Napoli advances to the Final

US Club Soccer Final
April 22: Stanislaus United Turlock Express 5:2 Napoli [+] Recap
Stanislaus United advances to an US Open Cup play-in match vs. Bay Area Ambassadors on April 28


  • Nicholas says:

    Alright, so to clarify, when is the draw for the PDL clubs. (I am a fan of MS Brilla) When do they get drawn?

  • The draw will take place shortly after qualifying is complete (April 29)

  • Matt says:

    For the third round when the MLS teams enter, will all MLS teams play at home or will there be a draw? If there is a draw, how will it be conducted?

  • The home teams will be determined slightly differently this year (as detailed here: http://thecup.us/ussf-announces-monumental-format-changes-to-2012-us-open-cup/)

    “This year, each team can apply to host each round and if both teams’ venues meet USSF’s standards, the federation will conduct a blind draw to determine the host. In the past, in addition to meeting USSF venue standards, teams would have to submit a financial bid, and the team that bid the most was awarded the home game. That process, a sometimes controversial method profiled in depth recently by TheCup.us, will remain in effect for just the Semifinals and the Final this year.”


    “It was not part of US Soccer’s announcement, but according to sources, the Third Round, Fourth Round and Quarterfinals will require a hosting fee of around $15,000. If both teams in a particular matchup are interested in hosting, they must meet USSF’s venue standards, and submit a check for the hosting fee. If both teams do that, then a blind draw will determine who hosts with the winner having their check deposited and the loser having their check sent back.”

  • chris says:

    so basically with a hosting fee of $15,000, that would eliminate PDL and lower teams from having funding to put up the $$$ providing any of those teams make it to the 3rd round. Most of the NASL/USL-Pro teams should have the $$$.

  • The $15K fee doesn’t kick in until the Third Round, when MLS joins the tournament. Meaning, if you reach the Third Round, you’re playing against an MLS team. It seems like a lot, but I’d be surprised if most amateur teams couldn’t drop $15K and still make a nice profit on an MLS team coming to their home stadium with a spot in the Fourth Round on the line.

  • Dave Schulz says:

    This year’s version is finally closer to proper – that being, if you are a team, in the US, and want to be in it, you ARE in it. It only took 16 MLS seasons to come close…way too long. Other issues exist, JOB 1 was ev in the pool. After years of ambivalence, I’ll again pay some attention to qualifiers and Rounds 1 and 2. JOB 2 is centralized and extensive video highlights of every USOC game, BTW.

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